If Mac misses the entire first month of the season, including the Duke and Elon games, wouldn't it make more sense just to take a medical redshirt?
I would hate for him to only play a handful of games in 2019 ... and then only have one year of eligibility left in 2020.
Mac already took a regular red-shirt. You only get 1 red-shirt. It would require a special waiver for 6 years. Remember there is a clock that starts once you enter college and its a 5 year window only.
I think the NCAA has been pretty lenient on medical redshirts in recent years, especially if you miss the entire season.
Kylil Carter was able to get one and I believe Isaiah Hicklin is currently trying to get a year back.
The difference is those guys didn't take a freshman redshirt, so they're operating on the 4-in-5 principle.
The other question that has to be raised... does Mac want to stay in college for 6 years? I doubt it.
If Mac can play for half of 2019 and be fully healthy for 2020 heading into the 2021 NFL Draft cycle, then that's the best thing for Mac... even if it's not the most advantageous thing for A&T in 2019.
I want Mac to do what's best for Mac. He's more than earned that right.